Oz in the News 5.16.14

utopia-posterLook who plays ‘Wizard of Oz’ in new film  Filmmaker Joel Gilbert has produced a new film, “There’s No Place Like Utopia,” scheduled for theatrical release this summer. “The film is similar in style to the highly successful Michael Moore films,” Gilbert told WND. In the film, Gilbert depicts Barack Obama as the wizard in the classic “The Wizard of Oz.” Keying off Dorothy’s conclusion in “The Wizard of Oz” that there’s no place like home, Gilbert analyzes the literal meaning of “utopia” to argue, “There’s no place like utopia.” Gilbert explained, “Dorothy blindly follows the yellow brick road, believing a magical wizard will fulfill her dreams. In the end, the wizard is a charlatan, a mere carnival hawker. He sends Dorothy to the witch’s castle where she is taken prisoner in the dungeon,” he said.

New Oz Film in the Works  I’m so excited to share that Yellow Brick Road, a screenplay that I’ve been developing for more than two years now, is finally on its way to the big screen!  It will be a traditionally-animated musical that tells the story of the grown-up Dorothy Gale and the former Wizard, Oscar Diggs, teaming up to defeat a new evil in Oz.

Wizard of Oz fans hope to restore Syracuse house connected to L. Frank Baum  The grand Italianate house, built in 1867, was the home of Baum’s sister, Harriet Baum Neal, and her husband, William Neal, a partner in the firm of Neal and Hyde, a dry goods firm downtown. (The Neal and Hyde building still stands at 318-322 S. Clinton St.) Cynthia Stanton Baum, the mother of L. Frank Baum, died at 678 W. Onondaga St. in 1905.

Just How Terrible is Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return? The Critics Sound Off  If you’re worth your salt in movie knowledge and critique, then you could probably tell that “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” was going to be rough just from the commercials. But just how terrible is it? Well, according to the critics, it’s about as bad as you can imagine a 3D-animated “sequel” to the original 1939 live action film could be.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Review  Legends of Oz is so outdated it features Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and Jim Belushi as the voices of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, with Martin Short pulling double duty as the villain in Oz and back in Kansas. With that voice cast, one knows they’re not in Pixar or DreamWorks anymore. If in need of an Oz-quel, stick with Walter Murch’s darkly fascinating 1985 update.

Photo Gallery: Oz-Stravaganza Through the Years

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